Tiger Tetra (Hoplias malabaricus)

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Tiger Tetra

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Tiger Tetra

Hoplias malabaricus

284 Litres (75 US G.)

40-48 cm (15.7-18.9")




6.0 - 8.0

20 -26 °C (68-78.8°F)

4-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years



Additional names

Tiger Tetra, Trahira, Wolf Fish, Wolf Tetra, Tiger Fish, Mud Characin

Additional scientific names

Esox malabaricus, Macrodon malabaricus, Erythrinus macrodon

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in Central and South America, from Costa Rica to Argentina in most river basins.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are slimmer than females and have a less curved ventral outline.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish is best in a large tank either alone or in a very large tank with similar sized or larger very robust fish. The Wolf Fish can be highly aggressive with a bite to match.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivorous fish that needs a high-protein diet including shrimp, bait fish and mussels.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish must have a spacious fish with hiding places provided. Filtration must be excellent due to it's diet and it's adaptable to most water parameters provided they are kept stable.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A highly aggressive and predatory fish. Not overly active, it will often spend a lot of time on the substrate waiting for dinner.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A well built elongate fish with a rounded caudal fin and able to balance on it's ventral and anal fins on the substrate. It has a wide head with visible teeth, it's mottled grey in colour and has a wide black lateral line from its eye to its caudal peduncle.

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